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Episode 13: Chris Mosier, Transgender Athlete & Advocate
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Guest: Chris Mosier, Transgender Athlete and Advocate
On this episode, I’m talking to my dear friend Chris Mosier. Chris is a Hall of Fame triathlete and duathlete, and was called “The Man Who Changed the Olympics” by The BBC and New York Magazine (same, totally). He’s a barrier-breaking Nike-sponsored athlete, who you may have seen in Nike’s commercials during the 2016 Rio Olympics. He’s a three-time Ironman, and was named Best Personal Trainer in the Northeast by Competitor Magazine in 2014.
Chris was the first transgender athlete to be featured in the ESPN Magazine Body Issue, and was named Person of the Year by Outsports. In 2015, he became the first openly transgender man to make a men’s U.S. National Team when he qualified for the sprint duathlon team. He was also a catalyst for change in the International Olympic Committee Policy on transgender athletes. He’s also the vice president of program development and community relations for You Can Play and is an online coach for Daily Burn.
Chris was — to my knowledge — the first transgender person I met and really got to know. I’ll be honest, this episode got me out of my comfort zone a little. Even though I’ve known Chris for years and consider him a very close friend, I asked a lot of the questions I’ve always had about what it means to be transgender, and he was kind (and patient) enough to answer all of them. I’m normally super outspoken and comfortable chatting with pretty much anyone, but I found myself being afraid of saying something that could be taken offensively or might be construed in the wrong way. (So there are a few more “ums” and pauses in this one than usual, but by halfway through, we were rocking and rolling.) Chris was never uncomfortable, though, and reassured me, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” There’s so much good stuff in this episode, and I learned so much during my conversation with Chris.
Throughout the episode, we talk about Chris’s transition, what it was like for his family and his wife, and how it affected his sports performance and racing goals. We also talk about his job, what it was like being in a Nike commercial, and what he wishes more people understood about being transgender.
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